266. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will liaise with the management of Bus Éireann to provide a double deck vehicle on the airport route which services Mullingar, County Westmeath (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20535/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Bus Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the company for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.
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267. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount spent by the Road Safety Authority and his Department in each of the past five years on road safety campaigns in tabular form; the amount spent on promoted social media advertisements and content by the amount spent per campaign and social media platform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20581/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Road Safety Authority Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As my Department does not incur such expenditure, this is more appropriate to the Road Safety Authority. I have referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.
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268. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the MetroLink project; the steps he is taking with regard to concerns in relation to the proposed route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20656/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Light Rail Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Development Plan (NDP), launched earlier this year by the Government as part of Project Ireland 2040, includes a clear commitment to develop Metrolink.  This brings together into one new project both the Metro North and the Metro South projects which were envisaged under the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) 2016-35.
MetroLink will provide Dublin with a high capacit...

269. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the DART extension project to serve Donabate, Rush and Lusk, Skerries and Balbriggan; the projected timeframe for each stage of the project up to completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20657/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035’ proposes implementation of the overall DART Expansion Programme.  As outlined in the recently published National Development Plan (NDP), the DART Expansion Programme is a series of projects that will create a full metropolitan area DART network for Dublin with all of the lines linked and connected.  
As well as the provision of...

270. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the expenditure on the sports campus in Abbotstown since its establishment by type of sport, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20658/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Sport Ireland Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the development of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown, Blanchardstown. 
The total capital funding allocated by my Department between 2000 and 2017 for the development of the National Sports Campus is €180m. This includes capital funding to the former National Sports Campus Development Authority, the  body which had responsibility for ...

271. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the expenditure on the provision of sports capital programme since 2010 on a national basis by type of sport in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20659/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): The Sports Capital Programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. Details of all allocations under the SCP since 1998 are published on the Department’s website http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme.
The Department moved to a new IT sys...

272. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the analysis that has been carried out on the need for supplementary funding of local authorities for road repairs and maintenance budgets following damage caused by recent storms; when clarity will be provided to local authorities on such funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20679/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Roads Maintenance Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I announced the 2018 regional and local road allocations in January and all grant funding available to my Department has now been allocated.  The grants this year include provision for: 
- An 18% increase in Restoration Improvement monies for road strengthening works;
- A 17% increase in Restoration Maintenance monies for surface dressing works;
- The introduction of a new grant for Drainage works (overall €10m);
- Ring fenced monies...

239. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the requests received by his Department from a county council (details supplied) for funding due to extreme weather events; the funding sought and the works proposed; when the application was submitted; the decision made on the request; the funding allocation made in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20221/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Roads Maintenance Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council’s own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The selection, prioritisation and implementation of works, including works relating to the impact of severe weather, is also a matter for the local au...

240. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will investigate with the Marine Survey Office, MSO, if a legal disclaimer system would suffice until such a time as funding can be identified to provide improved landing facilities at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20224/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Ferry Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware from my replies to recent parliamentary questions and the topical issue debate last week, the Marine Survey Office carried out an assessment of the landing point at Inishmurray Island in 2008.  The “recognised landing point” on the island was deemed wholly unsuitable for landing passengers safely. As a consequence, no passenger licences have been issued which include Inishmurray on their plying limits. 
The MS...

241. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to review the national secondary classification of a road (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20253/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for the classification of roads as either National or Regional under the Roads Act, 1993.  I am empowered under Section 10 of the 1993 Act to classify any public road as a national or regional road and periodic reviews are undertaken in that regard. A public road, other than one classified by me as a national road or a regional road, is a local road. Road classific...

242. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the next round of sports capital grants will open for sports organisations; if changes will be made to the scheme in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20298/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin) (Deputy Brendan Griffin): The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme attracted a record 2,320 applications.  In November and December last, Minister Ross and I announced €60 million in allocations to a record 1,800 projects under the 2017 round. A review of the 2017 round of the programme has now been finalised and published on my Department’s website, www.dttas.ie. This review highlights  aspects ...

243. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to revise the conditions of the sports capital programme for clubs that may not own their own property in order that they can apply for grant aid that may give them the opportunity to purchase and further develop their facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20305/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Eligibility)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment. The full terms and conditions of the most recent round of the SCP are published on my Department’s website (www.dttas.ie). The purchase of lands and buildings has always been outside the terms and conditions o...

244. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20319/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The information requested by the Deputy is available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/expenditure-external-services.
The information is updated twice yearly. The first six months of 2018 will be published later in the year.
My Department does not hold the information requested for the Agencies by the Deputy. However I have forwarded your request to all Agencies under the remit o...

245. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he plans to select a preferred approach to regulate and legislate if necessary the use of rickshaws for public hire in view of the fact that the NTA conducted a public consultation and published a report with recommendations in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20331/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Road Safety Strategy)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, my Department has been considering a range of options for regulating rickshaws from the perspectives of proportionality, public safety and enforcement, as well as regarding the question of costs and benefits. 
I intend to select a preferred approach before the end of this Dáil term, with any corresponding legislative provisions to be developed thereafter.
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246. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his Department’s specific financial codes which are used to monitor expenditure under the heading of land transport. (Question 20341/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Public Spending Code is the set of rules and procedures that apply to ensure that these standards are upheld across the Irish public service. The Code brings together in one place all of the elements of the value-for-money framework that has been in force up to now, updated and reformed in some respects. The Code is maintained under the management of the Central Expenditure Evaluation Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure ...

247. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on plans to create a unified and identical livery for all buses in receipt of a PSO payment; the potential impacts that this would have on brand recognition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20400/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Public Transport)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility under section 5 of the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 to secure the development and implementation of a single public transport brand. I have therefore forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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248. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding available to assist farms with the cost of installing a road underpass; his views on the safety implications of farms not being able to afford these works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20417/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Road Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual national road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authority concerned. 
Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to TII for dire...

249. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital allocation across his Department in each of the years 2018 to 2022. (Question 20458/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Capital Allocation for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for the years 2018 to 2022 can be found in the recently published National Development Plan 2018-2027, available at http://www.gov.ie/en/project-ireland-2040/.
Capital Allocation
  2018  2019  2020  2021  2022  €’000  €’000  €’000  €’000  €’000 1,327  1,643  2,058  2,526  2,405 
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250. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his Department’s capital allocation for projects under way and projects already tendered or committed to spending contractually. (Question 20475/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 251 together.
The Capital Allocation for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for the years 2018 to 2022 can be found in the recently published National Development Plan 2018-2027, available at http://www.gov.ie/en/project-ireland-2040/. The table contains the total Capital allocation for my Department. 
Capital Allocation
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251. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his Department’s capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022 disaggregated according to capital allocated to projects under way, projects contractually committed to and projects yet to be initiated. (Question 20492/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 251 together.
The Capital Allocation for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for the years 2018 to 2022 can be found in the recently published National Development Plan 2018-2027, available at http://www.gov.ie/en/project-ireland-2040/. The table contains the total Capital allocation for my Department. 
Capital Allocation
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414. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to develop a bypass for Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19633/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 414 and 415 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  
Noting the above position, I have r...

415. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to major traffic issues in Carrick-on-Shannon; his plans to develop a ring road to deal with same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19634/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 414 and 415 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  
Noting the above position, I have r...

416. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis registered in each county. (Question 19703/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Taxi Regulations)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry, which includes wheelchair accessible taxis, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013. 
Accordingly, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.
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417. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of funding allocated to the large-scale sport infrastructure fund announced by the Minister in his budget 2018 speech for each of the years 2018 to 2020; the amount of this funding he plans to ring-fence for disadvantaged areas; his plans to put safeguards and conditions in place to ensure that the majority of the available funding is used in disadvantaged areas with poor sports facilities as part of the process of his Department drafting terms and conditions for the fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19823/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Sports Facilities Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The recently published National Development Plan (NDP) contains a commitment to establish a new “Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund” (LSSIF) with at least €100 m available over the coming years.  My officials have commenced drafting the terms and conditions of the new LSSIF and I note the Deputy’s comments in that regard.  I would be happy to receive any additional observations that the Deputy may wish to make.  My officials have ...

418. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the preparatory work that has been carried out with regard to maintaining the open skies policy following Brexit; the contingency plans in place if no agreement is reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19827/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Brexit and its potential implications for Ireland are being managed on a whole-of-government basis. My Department is represented on all relevant cross-Departmental coordination structures, and an internal Departmental Committee on Brexit meets regularly. The Department also consults regularly with the aviation regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders through the National Civil Aviation Development Forum.
Contingency planning in r...